HBO recently released a new behind-the-scenes video of The Last of Us, teasing Pedro Pascal's brutal heartbreak moment for Joel Miller.
Spoilers for The Last of Us season 1, episode 1 below!
^ Joel Miller's heartbreaking moment on TV series "The Last of Us" was recently teased in HBO's latest behind-the-scenes video. Based on the award-winning PlayStation 3 video game of the same name, the upcoming horror drama stars Pedro Pascal as Joel, a rugged black market smuggler tasked with escorting Ellie (Bella Ramsay) through the afterlife In post-apocalyptic America, head to the militant revolutionary group known as the Fireflies. Although initially reluctant to take the job, he quickly understands the importance of the job when he discovers that Ellie has a rare immunity to the fungal zombie infection ravaging the Earth.
HBO Max recently shared a behind-the-scenes video of The Last of Us, which teases Joel's devastating moment earlier in the season. The special features new footage from the upcoming film adaptation, as creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann and stars Pascal and Ramsay discuss what audiences can expect from the show. Pascal describes the death of Joel's daughter Sarah (Nicole Parker) as "the event that shaped his character for the rest of his life." Check out the behind-the-scenes video of The Last of Us below: The narrative significance behind his loss may be the same as in the original The Last of Us video game. After a long day at work, Joel comes home to find Sarah sleeping on the couch waiting for him. She wanted to give her only parents a birthday present. A brief scene shows the pair's relationship shortly before the outbreak.
Hours later, Joel, Sarah, and Joel's brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna) try to escape the infection but find themselves in a chaotic panic as the citizens of Austin, Texas have the same idea. After Joel and Sarah got out of the car, they encountered a soldier who was ordered to kill anyone who saw it. Joel survived the encounter, but Sarah died in his arms. His fiasco made Joel lose faith in humanity. While not featured in the original game, Joel revealed that he entered a dark place, stealing from others and killing those who stood in his way, eventually causing his brother to abandon him and join Firefly.
How Sarah's Death Changes Joel
However, his fateful encounter with Ellie stirs up emotions he hasn't had since the last time to the death of his daughter. As Joel and Ellie trek across the country in search of fireflies, they form a bond that only a father and daughter can form. The anguish of Sarah's death may have dragged Joel into the depths of despair, but Ellie's precocious nature and unbridled hope challenge the tough exterior of her protector. With The Last of Us premiering Jan. 15, audiences won't have to wait long to see the heartbreaking moments that shape Joel's future.
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Source: HBO Max